Firefighting better if privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Curry County native competing for state fair queen

CNJ staff Deeann Shafer of Curry County is one of 14 competing this week for the title of New Mexico State Fair Queen. The competition, which begins Wednesday, includes a written test, horsemanship demonstration, interviews and speeches. The new queen will succeed Krystie Lynn Bierner and will be crowned Saturday during the PRCA rodeo.

First person(s): Still on the line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Xcel Energy linemen Charles Lott, left, and Chris Padilla, right, have both competed in the Linemen’s Rodeo twice. Clovis Xcel Energy linemen Chris Padilla, 26, and Charles Lott, 33, will be competing in the 19th annual Lone Star Lineman’s Rodeo Saturday at Xcel’s new Amarillo Technical Center. The two friends […]

Local competing in national pageant

CNJ staff New Mexico’s 2010 Junior Miss Victoria Bailey is representing Clovis at the 53rd annual America’s Junior Miss National Finals Thursday-Saturday in Mobile, Ala. She is one of 50 contestants competing for more than $125,000 in cash scholarships and the title America’s Junior Miss. Bailey, a child of a military family, is the first […]

CHS robotics group competing at Las Cruces

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School GEAR-UP program’s robotics group is heading to competition in Las Cruces today. The group has put together a robot and is competing against other high school’s from across the state. The competition is being broadcast live at www.LCPS.tv. Rounds are at 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and […]

Freedom New Mexico recognized by PPA

Freedom New Mexico Newspapers in Clovis, Portales, Friona and Muleshoe all won multiple awards announced Saturday at the annual Panhandle Press Association convention in Amarillo. Clovis, competing in Division II, won nine awards. Portales earned two laurels, also in Division II. Muleshoe and Friona, competing in Division I, picked up eight awards each. The Canyon […]

Tucumcari hammer thrower fails to reach finals

U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Amber Campbell failed to qualify for the medal round late Sunday night in Beijing. Campbell, who lived in Tucumcari from 1983 to 1995, finished 21st among 50 competitors with a best throw of 67.86 meters during qualifying. The top 10 advanced to the medal round. Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno led all qualifiers […]

Wide receivers competing for looks

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Count wide receiver Justin Campos among those excited about Eastern New Mexico University’s new wide-open approach on offense. Campos knows there will be competition at his position, especially when new recruits get into camp in August. For now, though, he couldn’t be much happier. “I’m loving it,” […]

PRCA Rodeo set to begin Thursday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 37th annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo in Clovis, which begins Thursday, is hardly the only rodeo in the country going on this weekend. But it’s the only one that matters to the Curry County Mounted Patrol, and organizers are pleased with the quality of contestants competing over the three […]

House alum thriving at UNM

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House alum Haily Lee is the Lobos’ top 400 meter hurdler. UNM coach Mark Henry said Lee “works her rump off for us.” (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer University of New Mexico sophomore and House High School alum Haily Lee said if she hits a hurdle in a race, she has a […]